A Prairie Dog’s Love Song
Title : A Prairie Dog’s Love Song
Author : Eli Easton
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary, Holidays
Length : 95 pages (e-book)
Published : December 1, 2013
Rating : ★★★★
Ben Rivers always was a showman. He won awards in 4-H and rodeo competitions from the time he could walk, and he’s happiest in the spotlight. So when he got the chance to be a star—in porn—he took it. He still loves Montana and everything about being a cowboy, but when news of his alternate identity leaks out, he figures he’s lost the town’s goodwill forever. Clyde’s Corner would never accept an openly gay cowboy, even a hometown boy born and bred.
Joshua Braintree always had the notion that he and his best friend’s kid brother, Ben, would end up together. Ben’s always been a diehard cowboy, just like him: they need the land and its freedom as much as they need air. So when Joshua learns Ben moved away from their small Montana town to be a porn star in Vegas, he can hardly believe it. He’s determined to finally declare himself and bring Ben home.
Despite his longtime crush on Joshua, Ben won’t be as easy to tame as Joshua’s “lost cause” horses. It will take a lot of heart and holiday spirit for Joshua to convince Ben that even old prairie dogs can learn new tricks in the name of love.
This is a story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package“Heartwarming”.
Joshua Braintree is a young rancher in Montana. He grew up ranching and it is something he loves. His best friend, Chet, and Chet’s younger brother, Ben, also grew up on a neighboring ranch. Although Chet has always wanted to leave their small community of Clyde’s Corner and see the world, Ben loved ranching and was involved in all the typical activities – 4-H, rodeos – he loved the spotlight. Joshua had noticed how Ben watched him as he was growing up. Joshua always figured there would be time to pursue that interest when Ben was older, he was just a kid and Joshua had his hands full getting the ranch going after he took over the operation from his father. Joshua is so involved in the ranch that he is not aware when Ben moves to Las Vegas and is working as a porn star until the town bully announces it at the local diner. Joshua is sad and angry and realizes he may have missed his chance to let Ben know how he feels. When he decides to go to Las Vegas and try to convince Ben to come home, things do not work out as Joshua planned. Ben says if he comes back to Clyde’s Corner and has a relationship with Joshua, he would not want to hide it. Joshua would rather keep their relationship a secret because of the small town setting and how people would treat him; he is afraid. Can Joshua change or is this the end of something that never really had a chance to begin?
Eli Easton takes us on this sweet journey of Joshua discovering what he truly wants in life, that maybe love is worth the risk and there may be a possibility that people are more understanding than he gives them credit for. I liked Joshua and Ben and loved Joshua’s friend Nora. The descriptions of the Christmas dance are beautiful and romantic. This is a sweet feel good, cowboy Christmas story.
Rated 4 stars by Deb